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Meet C-N’s new president during Homecoming festivities

Carson-Newman University’s new president, Dr. Charles A. Fowler, and wife, Sandra, will greet Homecoming attendees on Oct. 26.

(Oct. 16, 2019) JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Carson-Newman University invites the community, along with members of the Eagle family, to enjoy the festivities of fall during the annual Homecoming celebration Oct. 26.

This year’s Mossy Creek Festival will be the first opportunity for many alumni, extended members of the Carson-Newman family and others in the community to meet the institution’s new president, Dr. Charles A. Fowler, and wife, Sandra.

Homecoming will also feature a musical, golf tournament, poetry reading, parade and festivities such as a KidsZone, food trucks and entertainers.

The celebration will span several days but center around events on Saturday, Oct. 26. Most of the festival is free, including live entertainment, campus parade and kids’ activities.

“There is something so special about coming home to the banks of Mossy Creek,” Alumni Relations Coordinator Hope Adkins said. “It’s such a wonderful time of celebration for Carson-Newman faculty, staff, students and families of the past, present and future. This university and its traditions hold a special place in the heart of so many, and it is always so refreshing for everyone to be together in a place we hold so dear.

A few highlights of the Mossy Creek Festival events include:

  • The annual Homecoming Musical, “Freaky Friday,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 24-26, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in Gentry Auditorium. This musical, based on the 1972 novel and hit Disney films, tells the story of an overworked mother and her teenage daughter, who magically swap bodies and have just one day to put things right again.
  • The 26th annual Homecoming Golf Classic, held at Patriot Hills Golf Club in Jefferson City, will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25.
  • The 11th annual Henrietta Jenkins Memorial Poetry Reading at the Appalachian Cultural Center will feature Dana Wildsmith at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Wildsmith is a Hambidge Fellow and a Fellow of the South Carolina Academy of Poets.
  • Orange and blue flags will proudly wave during the festive parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The parade will march through campus in a musical celebration of Homecoming.
  • Carson-Newman’s football team will face off against Newberry at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in Burke Tarr Stadium in the traditional conclusion to the festivities.

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